Lot 35 of 419:
Document signed by John Jay, 1779  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyer's Premium):$2,040
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$1,500 - $2,500

Title:
Document signed by John Jay, appointing Walter Finney a Captain in the Fourth Pennsylvania Regiment
Author:
Jay, John
Place:
Philadelphia
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Date:
April 10, 1779
Description:
Engraved document on vellum, filled out in ink, with paper seal affixed. Signed by John Jay as President of Congress; also signed by Peter Scull, Secretary of the Board of War. 7¼x10. Appointment of Walter Finney as a Captain in the Continental Army. Although the document is dated April 10, 1779, the date in the body of the document indicates that the date of rank was August 10, 1776. John Jay (1745-1829), the second youngest delegate to the Continental Congress when first elected, became its President during the Revolution; his post-war service is perhaps even more significant, co-authoring the Federalist Papers, serving as Secretary of State and as the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and negotiated the Jay Treaty with Great Britain. Walter Finney joined the Pennsylvania Regiment as a Lieutenant on March 20, 1776, and Captain on August 10 of that year. He was captured by the British on August 27, 1776, on Long Island.
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Condition:
Glued to backing board in a few spots, with some glue residue on verso, one petal of the paper seal separated and glued to backing board; some minor soiling and wear, very good.
 
Item number:
202881
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